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Center for Biblical Transformation

Courses for Christians who desire to dig more deeply into the Bible and Christian theology and to integrate that learning into their lives.

“Seeing the big picture of God’s heart is really helping me grow.”

I am thrilled to offer you two exciting ways to enrich your knowledge of God and his Word! First, the Center for Biblical Transformation features a certificate program that offers four courses designed to deepen your understanding of the Bible and Christian theology, help you be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ and prepare you to serve in his kingdom. The second way is to take any course at any time, without the commitment to the certificate program. Each course is offered for ten weeks in the fall and in the winter. The purpose of the program is to experience God’s truths personally and to share the message through your life to others. This is your opportunity to discover that living with Jesus involves learning his transforming truths and passing them on to others! I invite you to prayerfully consider your involvement in the Center for Biblical Transformation.

By Grace Alone, Dr. Bill Krewson, Senior Pastor of Discipleship

Watch this video and hear from some of our students how CBT impacted their lives.

“I’m starting to understand what the Bible is all about.”

CBT Quick Facts

Courses

  • Taught at college level by a team of experienced professors
  • Includes lecture, discussion, prayer and creative interaction
  • Involves textbook and Bible reading, and reflection papers

Structure

  • Held at the church campus on Tuesday evenings from 7:00–9:00 p.m.
  • Runs weekly for 10 weeks in the fall and winter
  • Two options:
    • Take four courses and receive a Certificate of Completion
    • Take any course at any time

Faculty

  • Composed of a team of well-qualified professors with a heart for ministry
  • Includes members of Chelten’s pastoral staff as well as other church leaders and qualified educators in our local Christian community

Costs

  • Chelten members – $50 per course (textbooks included)
  • Non-members – $75 per course (textbooks included)

“This course has brought the Bible to life for me.”

Spring Semester 2017

New Testament Narrative of Redemption

Continuing the Old Testament story of God’s redemption, this ten-week course begins with the arrival of God’s Messiah, Jesus, and explores his message, his death and resurrection, and the Spirit’s coming to empower the church to spread the good news until Jesus’ return. All of the New Testament books will be explained and how the gospel message impacts our lives, our church and our world.

Dates: January 17–March 21
Cost:
$25 without textbooks, $50 with textbooks

Professors

Dr. Bill Krewson

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As senior Pastor of Discipleship, Dr. Krewson oversees edification and discipleship ministries, which include women’s and men’s ministries, small groups, children’s and youth ministries and leadership development. He also teaches part time at Cairn University’s School of Divinity.

More About Dr. Krewson at Cairn University
Rev. Neil Kulp

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As Chelten’s Senior Pastor of Mission Rev. Kulp’s role is to help the rest of the staff fulfill their roles and responsibilities—whatever that includes, whatever that takes.

More about Rev. Kulp.

Textbooks

Living God's Word

By J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays

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Christians resolved to study the Bible more fervently often struggle to grasp the progression of Scripture as a whole, instead encountering various passages each week through unrelated readings, studies, and sermons. But once they see the Bible as a Great Story, they begin to see how their own lives fit into what God has done and is doing in the world.

The Essential Bible Companion

by John H. Walton

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The most vital, absolutely indispensable information you need for reading and truly understanding God’s Word. Developed by two world-class Bible scholars and the creator of The Bible in 90 Days curriculum, this unique, easy-to-use reference guide gives you clear, crisp insights into the Bible book by book.

Defending the Faith

Apologetics, or the defense of the Christian faith, isn’t an activity reserved for a select few. God calls every Christian to be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks a reason for his or her hope. This five-week course is designed to engage non-Christians with greater confidence, grace and skill. The five topics to be discussed are:

  • How all objections to Christian faith rest upon alternative faith commitments
  • How the problem of evil is actually a strong pointer to God’s existence
  • The relationship between science and faith
  • How even those who deny God exists show that they know otherwise
  • Why the Bible is reliable

Dates: January 17–February 14
Cost:
$25

Professor

Dr. Keith Plummer
Cairn University School of Divinity

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At Cairn, Dr. Plummer teaches on a variety of topics related to pastoral ministry, including pastoral care, pastoral practice, and pastoral counseling and community building.  He also teaches on apologetics, spiritual formation and disciple-making ministries, and ministry in a cultural context.  Biblical courses he teaches include Introduction to the Bible and Exposition of the Pastoral Epistles.

More about Dr. Plummer

Textbook

The Reason for God

by Timothy Keller

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Timothy Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics and non-believers bring to religion. Using literature, philosophy, anthropology, pop culture, and intellectual reasoning, Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one. To true believers he offers a solid platform on which to stand against the backlash toward religion spawned by the Age of Skepticism. And to skeptics, atheists, and agnostics he provides a challenging argument for pursuing the reason for God.

The J Curve

Paul the Apostle frequently describes the normal Christian life as a re-enactment of the gospel, the death and resurrection of Jesus. The letter “J” traces the path of Jesus down into death and then up into resurrection. Paul’s embrace of a life defined by dying and rising means that he expects our lives to have the same pattern of suffering and glory. The modern church’s allergy to suffering and seeking the path of growth and glory leaves it ill-equipped to handle the moral collapse of Western civilization. This five-week course explores the transforming truth that the gospel is not just something we believe, but a path we enter.

Dates: February 21–March 21
Cost:
$25

Professor

Paul Miller

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Paul spent his childhood in California and Oregon, moving east when his father, Dr. Jack Miller, began teaching at Westminster Seminary. After graduating from college, Paul taught in inner-city Christian schools in Philadelphia for ten years. With a group of parents, he started Spruce Hill Christian School (K-8), an inner city, multi-racial school where he was principal and teacher.

In 1983, he helped his father found World Harvest Mission, serving as Associate Director from 1983 until 1996. From 1997-1999, he completed a M.Div.at Biblical Seminary and founded seeJesus, a mission that helps Christians and non-Christians alike “see Jesus” through inductive Bible studies.

More about Paul
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Spring 2017 Application

Cost for New Testament Narrative of Redemption:  $25.00 without books – $50 with books

Cost for Defending the Faith and The J-Curve$25.00

(Make your check payable to “Chelten” and deliver to the main church office.)

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